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Publisher's Summary

For more than a decade, Jenna Metcalf has never stopped thinking about her mother, Alice, who mysteriously disappeared in the wake of a tragic accident.

Refusing to believe she was abandoned, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice’s old journals.

A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts.

Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest: Serenity Jones, a psychic who rose to fame finding missing persons, only to later doubt her gifts, and Virgil Stanhope, the jaded private detective who’d originally investigated Alice’s case along with the strange, possibly linked death of one of her colleagues.

As the three work together to uncover what happened to Alice, they realise that in asking hard questions, they’ll have to face even harder answers. As Jenna’s memories dovetail with the events in her mother’s journals, the story races to a mesmerising finish. A deeply moving, gripping, and intelligent page-turner, Leaving Time is Jodi Picoult at the height of her powers.

©2014 Jodi Picoult (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Critic Reviews

Picoult writes with unassuming brilliance.' (Stephen King, best-selling author.)
"It’s hard to exaggerate how well Picoult writes." ( The Financial Times)
"Picoult is a master of the craft of storytelling.'" ( Associated Press)

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Give it a miss!

As I have not read anything of Jodi Picoult's since 'My Sister's Keeper', which I found both gripping and heart wrenching I was excited to start this audio book. Unfortunately I am not impressed and I am not sure that I will even bother finishing it.

At first I attributed my dislike the annoying voice over artist, particularly her grating reading of the daughter character. As I progressed I realised that the problem seeped far deeper that the voice artist but the characters themselves and the completely unbelievable storyline that too often drifts into a tale about numerous elephants.

I find science and behavioural patterns very interesting and love a good good documentary however Picoult's telling is a dream like and romanticised; the self indulgent writing fails to make me empathise or care about any of the animals or humans depicted.

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Nope.... NO

Towards the end of this book I was ready to throw my device across the room. The narrator who was the voice of Alice spoke way too slowly and unfortunately she was the one with all the Elephant information. Now don't get me wrong, I do not have anything against Elephants but I didn't want a lesson in all things Elephant. I fell asleep countless times during the Elephant sermons mostly because of the narrator and her slow delivery of the information but also because of the repetitive nature of the commentary.

I did not like the character of Alice at all. She seemed to me to be cold and so rapped up in the Elephants that she failed to treat the people in her life the way they deserved to be treated.

I have read several of the authors other books and have loved them. This one was a no for me. For so many reasons.

I will not give away the punch line but I found it to hard to suspend disbelief long enough to appreciate it.

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The magic of elephants

A very interesting story, which includes fascinating information about elephant behaviour.

The story is gripping, with an unusual twist at the end.

I found Alice's voice rather soporific and found that I was losing concentration in her segments of the story. Jenna's performance was excellent!

This audio book would appeal to someone interested in elephants and the paranormal.

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Boring!

What would have made Leaving Time better?

A little more excitement in the readers' voices.

What could Jodi Picoult have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Left out some of the repetition about elephants. Sure its about grief, but sooo miserable for the entire book.

Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

No.

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Elephants and Mother hood

Soooo interesting and informative on the life of elephants, there social behaviours and intelligence is amazing. Thank you for sharing all this with us.

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Absolutely brilliant

Love, love, love this book. Such a great story about the elephants and their journeys. The characters parts were really well read. Coming from South Africa and hearing of places we have been makes me miss the wildlife. I did however not expect the story to end the way it did, but awesome story.

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Lesson in Elephants.

Love the information in the book on behavioural issues and relations between animals and humans.

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Very disappointed

I’m a huge fan of Jodi Picoult and that’s why I’m so disappointed with this book. I found the in-depth discussion about the elephants fascinating and appreciated the research that would’ve gone into this. The rest of the storyline however, was disjointed, not very believable and when I got to the end I felt so let down!

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Spectacular fascinating, Humane,

If you learn nothing from this brilliantly crafted novel other than the wonder and tragedy of elephants , this will be enough.

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I cried and laughed

So many times simultaneously, the narrators gathered the listener into a sense of wonder and I had to take myself on long drives because I just needed to keep listening. My heart breaks at what man is doing to the world and so many of our majestic creatures. I am sad to have come to the end. I know it is fiction and this may sound silly but I want to meet Alice or at least be like her.

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